Belleview is part of a row of traditional Cotswold stone cottages, located on a peaceful lane, in the heart of the beautiful village of Painswick, well known as the "Queen of the Cotswolds" and famous for its 99 yew trees in the ancient churchyard. Many places within the village, including Belleview's garden, have stunning views out over the glorious countryside of the Painswick Valley. Belleview is well placed for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds. The famous Cotswold Way footpath, which runs from Bath to Chipping Campden, goes past the front door of the cottage.
The cottage has been lovingly renovated by its owner, to highlight its traditional character features, including exposed Cotswold stone walls and oak beams, wooden doors and a large inglenook fireplace. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, two flatscreen TVs and a well equipped kitchen/dining room.
The cottage sleeps a maximum of four people, in two bedrooms, with one bathroom. Please note that children under the age of 10 are not permitted at Belleview. Quiet on street parking is freely available. Belleview is an ideal retreat for couples, or a small family with older children, looking for a peaceful getaway.
Belleview can also be booked in conjunction with its very similar neighbouring property, Southview.
The front door of Belleview opens into the living room. The following rooms are downstairs:
•Living room: The beautiful living room is full of character, including exposed Cotswold stone walls and an inglenook fireplace. The fireplace contains an electric, flame effect fire and there is comfy seating for four;
•Kitchen: The well equipped kitchen contains a gas range cooker and five ring hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle and washing machine. The kitchen also contains a fold away wooden dining table and four dining chairs.
Steep wooden stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms:
•Bedroom 2 (Bluebell): Contains beautiful exposed stone walls and a double bed;
•Bathroom: Contains a bath with shower attachment, a separate walk-in shower, a toilet and a wash basin.
A further steep staircase leads up from the first floor, directly into the Master bedroom:
•Master bedroom (Forget Me Not): A stunning eaves room, with exposed oak beams and stone walls. Contains a king size bed.
The back door leads out of the kitchen, into the peaceful multi-level garden. Steep steps lead up to the top of the garden, from which there are fabulous views over the rooftops to the glorious countryside beyond. There is a garden table and four chairs, and a charcoal barbecue.
The maximum occupancy of the property is four guests. Please consult us prior to booking if you intend to have more than this number of guests at the property at any point during your stay, as additional charges may apply.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Master bedroom (Forget Me Not): King size bed
•Bedroom 2 (Bluebell): Double bed
•Family bathroom: Bath with shower attachment, separate walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin
Heating and fuel:
The property has a gas central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access and a flat screen TV with DVD player, plus a second TV in the master bedroom.
There is no telephone at the property and guests should note that the mobile phone signal can be variable within the thick walls of the cottage.
Free, quiet on-street parking is available.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
Regrettably, due to the steepness and open sided nature of the stairs, Belleview does not accept children under the age of 10.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, soap, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
This is an old property and has many character features, including very narrow and steep stairs, low beams, multiple floors and lots of steps from the back door to the top of the garden, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 70 km, Nearest railway: Stroud 7 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Nestling quietly in the famous Cotswold hills, surrounded by some of Gloucestershire's most delightful countryside is the historic wool town of Painswick, regularly referred to as "the Queen of the Cotswolds".
The town's many beautiful buildings, built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets. New Street, constructed around 1428 when the wool and cloth trade was flourishing, contains Painswick's only example of exposed timber framing. There are also rare 17th century spectacle stocks near the court house and the 14th century houses in Bisley Street include two original Donkey Doors, wide enough for panniered donkeys who carried the wool from the numerous mills along the local valleys.
The beautiful church of St Mary has Norman origins and was extended around 1480 in the English perpendicular style. Folklore holds that the churchyard will never have more than 99 yew trees and that should a 100th grow the Devil will pull it out. The churchyard is also famous for its "Clipping the church" ceremony, held in September, where local children wear flowers in their hair, join hands and embrace St. Mary's parish church. A closer look at the church tower still reveals traces of Painswick's role in the English Civil War.
Painswick is undoubtedly a village for all seasons, whatever the weather. Its tranquillity and peace make for a wonderful holiday or weekend break, whether you are looking for a cosy log fire set in an original hearth in the winter, or a delicious cream tea in the summer. There are a variety of small shops and galleries to browse around, as well as pubs, restaurants and tea shops serving good food.
The countryside around Painswick is ideal for walkers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts. The famous Cotswold Way footpath, which runs from Bath to Chipping Campden, goes through the village and Painswick is also an ideal starting point for many other delightful walks. Undulating areas of pasture land fall to the Wick stream, which supplied the power for the woollen mills that can still be seen along its length. Painswick Beacon has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh Mountains can be seen. The outlines of an Iron Age fort can be seen around the summit.
The celebrated Rococo Gardens at Painswick House are open to the public throughout the year. In late winter and early spring the carpets of snowdrops are truly breathtaking.
The Five Valleys
The Five Valleys are a group of valleys in the south-western Cotswolds, which converge on the town of Stroud. The valleys are as follows:
•The Chalford valley: (also known as the "Golden Valley"): The largest of the valleys, where the River Frome runs down the bottom of a deep narrow gorge from Sapperton to Stroud. Chalford village is very attractive and exists because of the early Industrial Revolution. It is built on ascending terraces on the south facing slopes of the “Golden Valley” and is approached by a bemusing series of narrow and often steep lanes and alleyways. The popular town of Minchinhampton lies on a tongue of high land between this valley and Nailsworth valley.
•The Nailsworth Valley: The Nailsworth Stream rises near Cherrington, passing through Avening, Gatcombe Wood and Longford's Mill, before it is joined by another small stream at Nailsworth and runs onto Stroud. Nailsworth was a cloth making town and is situated at the foot of a deep wooded valley, with houses spilling down the hillsides;
•The Slad Valley: A centre of clothmaking until the 19th century, when the mills ceased production. The grey-stone village of Slad is scattered along the south-east slope of the narrow valley and has been immortalised by the poet and author Laurie Lee. Slad was the filming location for “Cider with Rosie”, the TV adaptation of Laurie Lee's novel telling the story of his life in an Edwardian courture house in Slad;
•The Painswick Valley: With its fast flowing streams, this valley attracted the cloth industry in the 18th and 19th century, with some 30 fulling mills established, making the area very affluent. The town of Painswick, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, is a very popular Cotswold destination;
•The Cam Valley: In an area lying between Frocester Hill in the north-east and Stinchcombe Hill in the south-west, the Cotswold escarpment forms a natural amphitheatre around the low lying Cam valley. The large village of Cam is a mile north of the town of Dursley and one mill remains, producing high quality cloth used largely for tennis balls, billiard tables and guardsmen's uniforms.
The town of Stroud, on the main line from London Paddington, is a great meeting place, described by Jasper Conran as "the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds". With a bohemian vibe and an enviable array of independent shops, Stroud offers a unique shopping experience unrivalled by any town or city in the locality. Brimming with character and standing amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Five Valleys, Stroud has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and art galleries in the most beautiful of settings. The award-winning Farmers' Market is held every Saturday and, throughout the summer months, street performers will entertain you every Saturday morning. There is a full programme of music and theatre throughout the year, making Stroud a true hub of cultural events.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Food & drink
For a village with a population of only c.2,000, Painswick is fortunate to be blessed with a good range of places to eat and drink. The selection below is a sample of the options available:
•Juniper Bar & Restaurant at the Cotswolds 88 Hotel
•The Falcon Restaurant
•Olivas Deli & Coffee Shop
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider South-West Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stroud, Nailsworth, Cirencester and Tetbury containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main Cotswold towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.